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December 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Fired Muslim workers sue Hertz

Twenty-five former Hertz employees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are suing the car-rental company, claiming it discriminated against them based on their religion, race and national origin when it fired them in October.

Hertz initially suspended and then terminated the 25 Somali Muslim drivers after they refused managers’ requests to clock out for daily 10-minute breaks, during which they normally pray. The breaks are paid.

Hertz at the time said several of the drivers were abusing the privilege by taking longer than 10 minutes to pray.

The workers, represented by Teamsters Local 117, argued that their labor contract did not require them to clock out.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court, the 25 workers are requesting unspecified damages for back pay, pain and suffering, injury to reputation, attorney fees and other costs.

A trial date has been set for June 2013.

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